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Team Northumbria 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 24 December 2017
Saturday, 23 December 2017 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Stephen Callen scores RCA's second goal late in the match.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Larkin; Callen.

Sunderland RCA returned to Northern League action this afternoon with a trip to Team Northumbria.

RCA made three changes to the side that lost at South Shields on Tuesday. Jack Vaulks - signed on Friday on a month's loan from Darlington - made his debut, and Ross McNab and Jonathan Davis returned to the side too, replacing Craig Hodgson, Adam McGuinness and Nathan O'Neill.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Team North: Purvis; Green; Heywood; Jewitt; McKeown; McNamara (c); Carr; Spence; Ardelean; Richardson; Dibb-Fuller.

RCA: Bussey; Noble; McNab; Vaulks; Swansbury (c); Davis; Charlton; Page; Larkin; Elliott; Callen.

South Shields 3 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - 7:30pm
Durham County Challenge Cup

Colin Larkin - scorer of RCA's first goal - fires in a shot.

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Goal scorers - South Shields: Stephenson (3). RCA: Larkin; Page.

After 24 days - and five postponements due to the wintery weather - Sunderland RCA were back in action tonight with a trip to South Shields in the Second Round of the Durham County Challenge Cup.

RCA made five changes from the side that drew with Newton Aycliffe on 25 November, with Neal Bussey, Greg Swansbury, Dylan Elliott, Nathan O'Neill and Colin Larkin replacing Keith Finch, Ross Preston, James Armstrong, Clayton Davis and Luke Richardson.

The two sides lined up as follows:

South Shields: Norton; Nicholson; Callaghan; Baxter (c); Morse; Lough; Smith; Storey; Armstrong; Pattison; Stephenson.

RCA: Bussey; Noble; Hodgson; McGuinness; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen.

Sunderland RCA 0 Newton Aycliffe 0

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 26 November 2017
Saturday, 25 November 2017 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton evades a challenge during the first half of the match.

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Sunderland RCA began the first of three consecutive home Northern League matches this afternoon with Newton Aycliffe the visitors to Meadow Park.

RCA made two changes to the side knocked out of the League Cup at Whitley Bay on Tuesday, with Clayton Davis and Michael Charlton replacing James Cassidy and Nathan O'Neill.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Finch; Noble; Hodgson; McGuinness; Preston (c); Armstrong; C. Davis; Page; Callen; Richardson; Charlton.

Aycliffe: McLaren; Brown (c); Matthews; Costello; Oliver; Grant-Soulsby; Banks; Lane; Kane; Stephenson; Hutchinson.

Whitley Bay 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 - 7:30pm
Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Goal scorer Stephen Callen competes for the ball with former RCA defender Ross Wilkinson.

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Goal scorers - Whitley Bay: Brooks; Potter. RCA: Callen.

Tonight, Sunderland RCA made the trip to Whitley Bay for a Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup Second Round tie.

RCA named an unchanged side from the one that drew at Newcastle Benfield on Saturday.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Whitley Bay: Flynn; Salmon; Walker; Haley; Wilkinson; Summers; Potter; Glen-Ravenhill; Campbell; Brooks; Kempster (c).

RCA: Finch; Noble; Hodgson; McGuinness; Preston (c); Armstrong; Cassidy; Page; O'Neill; Richardson; Callen.

Newcastle Benfield 1 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 19 November 2017
Saturday, 18 November 2017 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

James Cassidy - scorer of RCA's early goal - in a sprint for the ball during the second half of the match.

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Goal scorers - Benfield: Brayson. RCA: Cassidy.

Following the huge disappointment of being knocked out of the FA Vase on Tuesday evening, Sunderland RCA were back in Northern League action this afternoon with a trip to Newcastle Benfield.

RCA made two changes to the side knocked out of the FA Vase on Tuesday - Adam McGuinness and Luke Richardson replacing Ross McNab and Dylan Elliott.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Benfield: Grainger; Evans; Novak; Laidler; Esdaille; Mellish; Carr; McEvoy; Brayson (c); Orrell; McCarthy.

RCA: Finch; Noble; Hodgson; McGuinness; Preston (c); Armstrong; Cassidy; Page; O'Neill; Richardson; Callen.

Sunderland RCA 1 Runcorn Linnets 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 8:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Ross Preston gave RCA a half-time lead with a powerful header.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Preston. Runcorn: O’Brien; Houghton.

Following the stalemate at the Millbank Linnets Stadium between Sunderland RCA and Runcorn Linnets on Saturday, the sides met again tonight at Meadow Park, with a Third Round tie at home to Marske United up for grabs for the victors.

RCA made one change to the side that drew at Runcorn on Saturday, with Ross McNab replacing Adam McGuinness, who took a place on the bench.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Finch; Noble; McNab; Hodgson; Preston (c); Armstrong; Cassidy; Elliott; O'Neill; Page; Callen.

Runcorn: Holmes; Atherton; Morris; Moore; O'Brien; Nolan; Holt; Hamid (c); Bryant; Shanley; Houghton.

Runcorn Linnets 1 Sunderland RCA 1 (AET)

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 12 November 2017
Saturday, 11 November 2017 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Goalscorers - Runcorn: Wellstead. RCA: Elliott.

Sunderland RCA made the long trip to Runcorn Linnets for the FA Vase Second Round tie. Runcorn had won their previous Vase match against fellow Northern League Division One side Team Northumbria after a replay. For RCA, this was our first taste of Vase football this season after being exempt from the previous rounds for reaching the Fifth Round last season.

RCA made three changes to the side that beat West Auckland Town on Tuesday - Reece Noble and Adam McGuinness returned in defence, replacing Luke Richardson and Ross McNab, and Colin Larkin, injured early on in Tuesday's match, was ruled out and replaced by James Armstrong.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Runcorn: Holmes; Atherton; Lawton; Morris; Moore; Nolan; Simpson; Hamid (c); Houghton; Shanley; Wellstead.

RCA: Finch; Noble; Hodgson; McGuinness; Preston (c); Elliott; Callen; Page; O'Neill; Armstrong; Cassidy.

Sunderland RCA 2 West Auckland Town 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 8 November 2017
Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Nathan O'Neill on the ball during the first half of the match.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Page (2). West: Parker.

Sunderland RCA welcomed West Auckland Town to Meadow Park for a match brought forward from Saturday due to both sides’ involvement in the FA Vase.

RCA made three changes to the side that lost at Seaham Red Star on Saturday - in came Luke Richardson, Ross McNab and James Cassidy, replacing Reece Noble, Adam McGuinness and Michael Charlton.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Finch; Richardson; McNab; Hodgson; Preston (c); Elliott; Cassidy; Page; Larkin; O'Neill; Callen.

West: Bell; Cobain; Richardson; Galpin; Parker; Mitchell; Bell; Francis; Connor; Wood (c); Wearmouth.

Seaham Red Star 4 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 5 November 2017
Saturday, 4 November 2017 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Stephen Callen got RCA off to the perfect start with two early goals.

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Goal scorers - Seaham: Hodgson; Bird; Chapman (2). RCA: Callen (2); Larkin.

Sunderland RCA made the short trip to Seaham Red Star for this afternoon's Northern League fixture. The two sides had met at Meadow Park just 11 days earlier, with RCA winning a close Durham County Challenge Cup match 3-2. Since then, Red Star have played one match - a goalless draw at Billingham Synthonia. RCA, too, have played one match since, a 2-1 win over Ashington at Meadow Park last Saturday.

RCA made one change to the side that beat Ashington last Saturday, with Dylan Elliott replacing Jonathan Davis.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Seaham: Harkess; Munro; Price; Hodgson; Staunch; Scorer; Ramshaw; Croft; McBryde; Scott; Bird (c).

RCA: Finch; Noble; Hodgson; McGuinness; Preston (c); Elliott; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen.

Sunderland RCA 2 Ashington 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 29 October 2017
Saturday, 28 October 2017 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Dylan Elliott scored a late winner for RCA with another cracking strike.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Preston; Elliott. Ashington: Stephenson.

Following the excellent cup victory over Seaham Red Star in midweek, Sunderland RCA were back to Northern League action this afternoon with Ashington the visitors to Meadow Park.

RCA made one change to the side that beat Seaham Red Star in midweek, with Ross Preston returning to captain the side, replacing Ross McNab, who took a place on the bench.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Finch; Noble; Hodgson; McGuinness; Preston (c); J.Davis; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen.

Ashington: Grant; Christensen; Salmon; Sampson; Buchanan (c); Bell; McAndrew; Downey; Chilton; Stephenson; Pearson.

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